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Canonical gives administrators the chance to drag their feet a bit more on Ubuntu upgrades
There's good news for admins looking nervously at their aging Ubuntu boxes - a few more years of support is now on offer as Canonical brings 14.04 and 16.04 LTS into the 10-year fold.
Users still running on 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), released back in April 2014, now have until April 2024 (up from 2022) to make the move to something more recent. 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), which dropped into Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) in April this year, has had this extended from April 2024 to April 2026.
Ubuntu has been quietly updating its support and blog posts to reflect the change.
The extension is a welcome one for enterprises, who might be reluctant to fiddle with that one server that has been plugging along happily for years without intervention, and should give administrators a little more breathing space. That is, assuming that somebody has coughed up for ESM, which requires an Ubuntu Advantage subscription (free for personal users or Ubuntu Community members, but otherwise requiring the spending of cold hard cash.)